From London to RISD: Museum To Host “Lines of Thought” in Fall

The Rhode Island School of Design Museum will host “Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now from the British Museum” from Oct. 6 through Jan. 7, 2018. The exhibit is one of only two U.S. presentations for this show. It features a selection from the British Museum’s collection of drawings, and spans more than 500 years of them, creating fresh contexts for historical works and making connections between old masters and modern and contemporary artists.

The exhibit features 70 works by artists such as da Vinci, Michelangelo, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso and Rachel Whiteread, affording a look at many works never before seen in America.

Albert Durer, Studies for Adam and Eve, 1504, pen and brown and black ink © The Trustees of the British Museum

John Smith, RISD Museum director, said that exhibition “solidifies the museum’s position on the primacy of this medium not only as cornerstones of a comprehensive collection but also as key educational materials.”

“Lines of Thought” focuses on the thought processes that motivate drawing – brainstorming, experimentation, insight, association and decision making – rather than present a chronological survey of the medium arranged by period or school.

“It is hugely exciting to see ‘Lines of Thought’ open at the RISD Museum,” said Isabel Seligman, lead curator of the British Museum exhibition, who will take part in sessions for students at the museum in November.

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